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The Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), developed by the IETF and created in 1998 as RFC 2326, is a protocol for use in streaming media systems, which allows a client to remotely control a streaming media server, issuing VCR-like commands such as "play" and "pause", and allowing time-based access to files on a server.

The sending of streaming data itself is not part of the RTSP protocol. Most RTSP servers use the standards-based RTP as the transport protocol for the actual audio/video data. The RTSP server from RealNetworks also features RealNetworks' proprietary RDT as the transport protocol.


Server software

  • QuickTime Streaming Server: Apple's closed-source streaming server that ships with Mac OS X Server
  • Darwin Streaming Server: Open-sourced version of Quicktime Streaming Server maintained by Apple
  • pvServer: Formerly called PacketVideo Streaming Server, this is Alcatel-Lucent's streaming server product.
  • Helix DNA Server: RealNetworks' streaming server. Comes in both open-source and proprietary flavors.
  • Live555: Open source C++ server and client libraries used in well known clients like VLC and mplayer.
  • VideoLAN: Open source media player and streaming server
  • Windows Media Services: Microsoft's streaming server included with Windows Server.
  • VX30: Streaming video server and embedded JAVA client from Maui X-Stream.

Related pages

  • Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP)
  • Fusion RTSP solution for embedded systems, e.g. IPTV, internet TV and mobile internet devices.
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